Living near the sea I am lucky enough to be able to collect sea shells easily, I love walking along the beach and always come back with pockets full of shells and hag stones....
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I ran into the goddess yesterday. At the farmers' market, no less.
You know how it feels when you suddenly see the face of a friend in an unexpected place? The surprise, the delight?
That's just what it was like.
Heading back to the car with my bags of baby beets, new peas, and the season's first daikons, I looked up and lo! there she was, low in the southwestern sky.
The Moon, approaching her setting, now in the 21st day of her lunation: sun-washed and pale as a cloud.
But no cloud she. Oh no.
The Moon surprises us. We think of her as Lady of Night, but the night cannot contain her. She wanders at will wheresoever she please, ruled by her own inner life. The all-seeing Sun sees what is done by day, but the wandering Moon knows the secrets of both day and night.
Religious leaders around the world react to the tragic Orlando shooting. Japan's native religion Shinto expands from the Land of the Rising Sun. And we take a look at the United States Congress' sole Hindu member. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on faiths and religious communities from around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
I remember in May happily telling a friend that I no longer had drama in my life. Then, Memorial Day weekend, one of my best friends, a man I have loved for 23 years, dropped a drama-bomb on me that shattered my heart. A week later, he texted me that he was killing himself, and I scrambled to get him help. Before I could recover from either, a young singer was murdered by a psycho with a gun after her concert, and a few days later 49 people were murdered and 53 injured in the deadliest mass shooting since Wounded Knee, in an Orlando club, 11 miles from my house.
In the days following the Pulse mass shooting, I got in the habit of checking Facebook and other websites first thing when I woke every day, looking to see which of my friends had lost friends and family, and offering love and support to each who had. I also made a point to share as much beauty as I saw, and to soak it in myself; the loving tributes pouring in from around the world, the hours-long lines of people in my community donating blood, the businesses supporting each other, the heroic stories of some of those lost, stories of people taking care of each other in the wake of the tragedy. Orlando United. Orlando Strong. Pray For Orlando....
Scientists in Iceland make a discovery that could help combat climate change. Donald Trump's statements on the California drought are disputed. And a Japanese probe provides a new glimpse at Venus' chaotic weather. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on Earth and science-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!